Archive for the 'Destination' Category

Strangers in the Bush

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

By Susan Bloch Destination Story Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards I’m traveling into unknown territory with a man I just met. His name is Karl, my safari guide here in Namibia, and we’re driving along a coast shaped by death and diamonds. A coast where shifting sand dunes bury secrets, mysteries, and […]

Destination Travel Gold Winner: On the Road with the Lady of the Rockies

Monday, May 7th, 2018

By Linda Ballou As I crested the bluff overlooking Estes Park, the summer sun pushed away the gray that had followed me from Denver (an hour’s drive away) to reveal bluebird skies. The sweet mountain town, guarded by 14,000-foot peaks of the Rocky Mountain National Park, rests in a cleft carved by the Big Thompson […]

Destination Story Bronze Winner: Last Stop in Oklahoma

Monday, July 24th, 2017

By Robert Reid An Okie expat and his 76-year-old uncle aim to summit the Black Mesa in the USA’s most unlucky and unwanted rectangle. The road’s empty and rising slightly. I lean forward in the driver’s seat and look through the windshield to the biggest skies I’ve ever seen. An immense block of sea-blue smeared […]

Destination Story Bronze Winner: King Cotton

Monday, February 20th, 2017

By Rosemary Davis A visit to the home of the Mississippi blues. Sometimes the answers aren’t easy. Driving down endless country roads—seeing nothing but identical rows of crops covering the flat, uneven land, one ponders the meaning of life. But in one Southern town, the meaning of life can be summed up in two words: […]

Destination Story Silver Winner: On the Trail of Jack London

Monday, August 29th, 2016

By Nicholas Fox Communing with Oakland’s greatest writer in the bar he used to call home. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. —Jack London He was a dropout, a hobo, an oyster poacher. He was an excellent sailor, a less excellent rancher, a deeply committed socialist, a […]

Destination Story Gold Winner: Paul Theroux’s Cape Cod

Monday, April 25th, 2016

By Michael Shapiro Wayfaring author returns annually to revel in joys of summer after arduous journeys. At first glance it might seem surprising to find the roving travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux spending his summers on Cape Cod. Best known for unflinching accounts of extended, gritty journeys, Theroux helped redefine modern travel writing with […]

Bronze Award in Destination: Islands in Time

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

By Catherine Watson From the mountaintop road above Kvivik, green slopes fell steeply away to the sea, and the sea swept my eyes outward, over the village, to the soft shapes of other islands drifting in the pale blue distance. More than a thousand years of Faroe Islands history lay in that view. It was […]

Silver Award in Destination: Gore Vidal’s Old House

Friday, November 1st, 2013

By Mary Jo McConahay In later years…President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Longworth, congratulated me every time we saw each other: “You got out. So wise.” —“Reflections on Glory Reflected,” in United States: Essays 1952-1992 The day Gore Vidal died rain fell hard on the roof of his old house alongside the ruins of Our Lady […]

Gold Award in Destination: In Search of The Scream in Norway

Monday, October 7th, 2013

By Chris Epting In my mind, travelers are hunters. What do you hunt for when you travel? Experiences, people, souvenirs? We all hunt for something. I hunt for places. We were in Oslo, Norway, my teenaged son and I, spending a few days before hopping a ship with Quark Expeditions to explore around the Arctic […]

Destination Bronze Winner: Embargoed Brothers

Monday, March 12th, 2012

by Tim Weed An American in Off-Limits Cuba A decade ago I was riding along the Havana Malecón in a white and blue ’57 Ford with a four-cylinder Toyota engine. The taxi driver overheard my companions speaking English in the back seat. “Where you from?” he asked in Spanish. “Estados Unidos,” I replied. “I thought […]

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